After discussion and negotiation between the branches across Scotland, a new uniform format to the Emerging Engineers' Awards has been adopted across all the branch and national competitions in Scotland.
The competition gives young engineers the chance to practice writing and presentation in preparation for a viva or Professional Review. It also raises their profile, helps promote their university or employer, and gives them the opportunity to have a paper published. Competitors can also win prize money of £150 in the Branch final and £300 in the Scotland final. Cash prizes are also awarded to runners-up.
The overall winner of the Scottish final will then progress to an international final in London.
This year Branch prize money (excepting Aberdeen) is £150 first, £100 second, £50 third. Entrants are now only asked to submit a synopsis for the Branch round, with only the Branch winners asked to produce a full paper for the Scotland final. Prize money for the final will be £300 for the winner, £200 for second place, and £100 for third.
Papers on any area of engineering design, research or practice are now being sought.
Participants in Branch heats should submit a 400-word synopsis of their presentation to the Branch organiser along with a completed entry form. The 2017 dates and deadlines for Scottish Branches are:
- Deadline: 18 January 2017
- Branch Final: Monday 23 January 2017
- Deadline: 26 January 2017
- Branch Final: Thursday 23 February 2017
- Deadline: Monday 30 January 2017
- Branch Final: Monday 27 March 2017
The winners from the Branch heats will be required to produce a paper of up to 4000 words based on their synopsis for the Scotland final.